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TITLE
Knockin Stane and Mell for preparing Pot Barley
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P263
DISTRICT
Shetland
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31633
KEYWORDS
grains
barley
stones
mills
grinders
tools
production
preparation
Knockin Stane and Mell for preparing Pot Barley

This knocking stone was found in Shetland but was common across Scotland. The stone had a hollow into which grain was placed. The grain was then pounded with the mell or pounder. This dehusked the grain, making it fit for human consumption.

The mell-head in this illustration was made of oak and the handle of fir wood but pounders were also made of stone. The knocking stone was 19x13 inches (48x33cm) and the hollow was 12inches (30cm) wide at the top.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Knockin Stane and Mell for preparing Pot Barley

1870s

grains; barley; stones; mills; grinders; tools; production; preparation

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

This knocking stone was found in Shetland but was common across Scotland. The stone had a hollow into which grain was placed. The grain was then pounded with the mell or pounder. This dehusked the grain, making it fit for human consumption.<br /> <br /> The mell-head in this illustration was made of oak and the handle of fir wood but pounders were also made of stone. The knocking stone was 19x13 inches (48x33cm) and the hollow was 12inches (30cm) wide at the top.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)